By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
THE PISTOL OFFENSE
Please drop the annoying "has never lost a homicide case" non sequitur describing prosecutor Matt Murphy [R. Scott Moxley's Moxley Confidential, "Eric Naposki's Rocky Murder Picture Show," July 22]. You've been repeating that nonsense almost like a mantra for months about the Naposki case, as if it's the ultimate proof that whatever the prosecution said or did must be right. "Never lost," of course, proves nothing, especially in OC where conviction rates are nearly 100 percent, regardless of guilt or innocence.
Touting "never lost" is as stupid as if you were endlessly repeating "the defendant never killed before" as some kind of proof (which, curiously, you never mentioned even once).
We got it from your first write-up that you are totally awed by the prosecution, so quit endlessly chirping about it like a teenage girl.
Ergo, via ocweekly.com
Another great column, Scott. Nobody came close to your detailed reports on this trial and the players. You expertly put us in the courtroom. I especially like the "Eric, Get Your Gun" column [July 1]. That seemed to tell it all! By the way, the rant from Ergo sounds like the whining of a loser desperate to find fault with you. You are not allowed to say that the prosecutor has never lost a case? Geez. Talk about a weird, snobby nitpicker! Success always brings out jealousy in those who are less talented. Keep up the excellent work!
ST, via ocweekly.com
How about defense attorney Angelo MacDonald flagrantly shuffling through the more graphic crime-scene photos during a court recess when he knew that victim William McLaughlin's daughters were seated immediately behind the counsel table? What kind of unethical shyster does that? Murphy had the decency to forewarn the daughters each time he displayed the photos during the proceedings, so they could either exit the courtroom or look away.
LWOP'ed!, via ocweekly.com
OUT OF THE BLUE, AND INTO THE BLACK METAL
Interesting. I've heard about Liturgy but never bothered to listen because black metal seemed to be getting way too artsy—not enough fartsy for me in the past 15 years or so [Ned Raggett's "The Triple H of Black Metal," July 22]. But hey! Ned Raggett is writing about it, and I'm bored at work, so why not?
After listening to a couple of tracks . . . it sounds about like what I had expected. It's not bad, but I wasn't blown away. It was fun, however, to poke around all the back-and-forth between the haters and the fans. And after reading something from Hunter Hunt-Hendrix on Stereogum . . . sheesh, loquacious is right. Dude has sophism down pat. It all just reminds me of a boring, trite "artist statement," really, and it further proves the point that the music should always speak for itself.
One thing I'll give Liturgy is they don't seem to come off as very fun.
MayhemInTheHood, via ocweekly.com
THE SEARCH CONTINUES
I'm getting so tired of "professional" heroes [Michelle Woo's "The Searchers," July 15]. Train, train, train. Bring in helicopters. Buy equipment. More training.
You know what? People have been pulling people—and bodies, sadly—out of rivers for centuries. A mom going after a child or a friend jumping in after a friend right away—those are emotional decisions, not like this group.
I admire the G.I. Joe Search & Rescue group, and I think the members need to continue their efforts. Common sense is a powerful tool; let the "professionals" decide it's too dangerous, too expensive or whatever—then just do it yourselves.
Observer, via ocweekly.com
I applaud the motivation of these citizens, but I question their judgment. Almost all search and rescues in California are done by volunteers. Law-enforcement agencies demand strict training and experience for a reason. Most swiftwater fatalities are well-meaning, poorly trained rescuers. The reason most teams are cautious about recoveries in swiftwater conditions is not lack of compassion, but rather knowledge of the risk.
Is it worth losing a living person in an effort to recover someone who has passed? Hundreds of well-trained, experienced search-and-rescue volunteers are gathering in Canada to mourn the loss of a member lost during a training in swiftwater. These are volunteers who have dedicated their time, energy and money to get the needed training to help those they have never met, and sometimes, they find themselves giving the ultimate sacrifice.
anotherview, via ocweekly.com